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In Indonesia and Malaysia: a member of the indigenous population; a person of indigenous descent. In extended use in Sabah, a state in East Malaysia: a person of any ethnic group other than Chinese and Indo-European.
Of or relating to the pribumi; indigenous or of indigenous descent.
1970s. From Indonesian pribumi (noun) indigenous person, short for Javanese wong pribumi from wong person + pribumi (adjective) of the land or earth from pri-, prefix + bumi earth from Sanskrit bhūmi earth, country.
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